Audio files

We are making available audio files of our seminars from May 2013 onwards. We will keep recent seminars on this page, older presentations will continue to be available on our iTunes U channel as podcasts (the seminars available here can also be downloaded from iTunes). The files on the iTunes U site are stored in the collection ‘Centre of South Asian Studies: seminars’ – if you want to receive all future files, then subscribe to the podcast and they will automatically download to your iTunes folder when they become available.

These files do not include the question and answer sessions at the end of the seminars, and in some cases (particularly where a film or piece of music is played) we will cut sections from the audio track for copyright reasons. On occasion it will not be possible for us to make a seminar available at all if the speaker does not give us permission to do so.


Vijayalakshmi Teelock, G.O.S.K. (University of Mauritius)

The CSAS Lecture on Public Affairs
The Mauritius Truth and Justice Commission: personal reflections with special attention to South Asian labour in Mauritius

Introduced by Professor Sujit Sivasundaram
Duration: 52 minutes


Dr Katherine Butler Schofield (King’s College, London)

Mayalee Dancing Girl, the East india Company, and the Sambhar Salt Lake 1835-42

Introduced by Professor Sujit Sivasundaram
Duration: 54 minutes


Professor Romila Thapar (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Recognising the Other: religion and society in pre-modern North India

Introduced by Professor Sujit Sivasundaram and Dr Shruti Kapila
Duration: 60 minutes


Dr Ruvani Ranasinha (King’s College, London)

Contemporary Sri Lankan Anglophone writing

Introduced by Professor Sujit Sivasundaram
Duration: 52 minutes


Professor Francesca Orsini (SOAS)

Literary activism in Cold War India: the short story, the magazine and the world

Introduced by Professor Sujit Sivasundaram
Duration: 54 minutes


Dr Saumya Saxena (University of Cambridge)

From the courtroom to the courtyard – the public life of personal law in post-independence India

Introduced by Professor Sujit Sivasundaram
Duration: 47 minutes


Professor Monica Juneja (University of Heidelburg)

The travails of a migrating concept – art in the crossfire between the “religious” and the “aesthetic”

Introduced by Professor Sujit Sivasundaram
Duration: 56 minutes


Dr Mark Elliot (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) and Mrinalini Venkataswaran (University of Cambridge)

Exhibiting South Asia

Introduced by Professor Sujit Sivasundaram
Duration: 44 minutes


Professor Javed Majeed (King’s College, London)

White noise, séances and colonial linguistics

Introduced by Dr Sujit Sivasundaram
Duration: 53 minutes


Dr Sriya Iyer (University of Cambridge)

The economics of religion in India

Introduced by Dr Sujit Sivasundaram
Duration: 58 minutes


Professor Robert Travers (Cornell University)

The Professor C.A. Bayly Seminar – A historian as petitioner: Ghulam Husain Khan Tabataba’i and the late Mughal context for colonial state-formation in eighteenth century India

Introduced by Dr Sujit Sivasundaram
Duration: 53 minutes